Israeli government

Netanyahu announces fence for Syrian border

By Anna Sheinman, January 7, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that Israel will build a fence along its frontier with Syria, warning that extremist forces have taken over on the other side of the border.

Speaking at the beginning of the weekly Cabinet meeting, Mr Netanyahu said that the Syrian regime was “unstable” and that the issue of Syria’s chemical weapons was worrying for Israel.

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Could it be end of the line for Lieberman?

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 3, 2013

Ex-foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is putting on an unconcerned face over the beefed-up indictment served against him on Sunday.

The amended charge-sheet accuses him of seeking to secure the appointment of Israel’s ambassador to Latvia in return for information on a previous investigation into his activities. If this allegation is proved, it would amount to a serious breach of trust.

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Why Israel has become a backbench obsession

By Martin Bright, January 3, 2013

What are we supposed to make of last week’s JC story by my colleague Jennifer Lipman, which showed that MPs had signed up to 21 early day motions about Israel, compared to just eight on Iran, three on Egypt, two on Syria and just one on Libya?

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Alistair Burt’s warning for Israel

By Orlando Radice, January 3, 2013

In an exclusive article for the JC, Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt has warned of the damage being done to Israel’s international reputation as a result of its recently announced plans to build around 5,500 new homes beyond the Green Line.

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Israeli/Egypt border fence almost complete

By Anna Sheinman, January 3, 2013

The Israeli Defence Ministry announced the completion of the main section of the Israeli-Egpytian border fence on Wednesday.

The 230km fence is aimed at preventing illegal immigrants, terrorists and smugglers from entering Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the border for a ceremony marking the completion of two and a half years' work.

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Feiglin: pay Palestinian West Bank families to emigrate

By Anna Sheinman, January 2, 2013

Right-wing Likud Knesset candidate Moshe Feiglin outlined a plan on Tuesday to pay families in the West Bank $500,000 each to emigrate.

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Amended Lieberman indictment describes 'grave acts'

By Anna Sheinman, December 28, 2012

The indictment against Israel’s former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman was revised this week to include stronger wording that may affect his political future.

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Zero-sum games

December 28, 2012

Some called it the political gaffe of the month. Naftali Bennett, the new golden boy of the Israeli right, said last week that he would consider refusing a military order to evacuate Jews from their homes. The press made much of his subsequent half-hearted apology.

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Intrigue worthy of Shakespeare

By Jonathan Freedland, December 24, 2012

Some people love politics the way others love soap opera. They follow the plots and intrigue not out of a worthy interest in this or that policy but for the sheer human spectacle. For those so inclined, I often recommend an obsessive interest in the US: the outsized egos, the extravagant characters, the perennial culture wars are all reliably gripping.

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Not the most wanted award

By Sandy Rashty, December 21, 2012

Ha’aretz journalist Gideon Levy has a new title to add to his CV after he was named Dishonest Reporter of the Year.

The “award” was bestowed by Israeli media monitoring organisation Honest Reporting, which accused Mr Levy of “misrepresenting an Israeli opinion poll to conclude that the Israeli public supports apartheid”.

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